As a school science has always been a high priority in our curriculum. We aim to teach it in a cross curricular and meaningful way. We have worked hard as a staff to create our vision for the way we deliver science throughout the school. Staff and pupils were involved in creating our core principles. We currently hold a Gold Award for the PSQM (Primary Science Quality Mark). This is an external recognition of the excellent opportunities, experiences and learning we provide the children. As a ‘Gold’ school we also support other schools through CPD and training and are part of a wider network.
Hempshill Hall Science Principles 2016
We know that good science takes place when …..
1. Children are asking questions and they are eager to find out more.
2. Learning is ‘hands on’ and active and all children are involved and motivated.
3. Children are excited by their learning and they talk about it at school and home.
4. Children are able to lead their learning and follow and test out their own ideas.
5. Children are able to make links and connections between their learning and transfer and apply knowledge from other areas of the curriculum and the wider world.
6. Children can use a wide range of scientific vocabulary to verbalise and explain their ideas and findings clearly.
7. Investigations are varied, open ended and are accessible to all, but have scope for high level challenge.
8. The outdoor environment is included in children’s regular science work.
9. When children have emotional responses to the work they do ‘wow’ moments or awe and wonder and natural phenomena is appreciated.
10. Children can use a wide range of equipment effectively and confidently.
ENTHUSE Partnerships are groups of between four and eight schools and colleges located in England. These groups receive a bursary of up to £12,000 and can use this money to work together to address local issues and to support the development and success of STEM subjects. ENTHUSE Partnerships aim to support collaborative activities over two years to develop and strengthen local partnerships which can then continue independently.
In the P6P we are using this funding to support work in Year 4 and will be providing high quality science training for Year 4 staff in each school, including joint activities over the next two years. We will be particularly supporting the leadership of our science subject leaders as well as developing our Year 4 class teachers. Part of our work will include a joint Year 4 Science Festival in March 2018 and increasing our links with local industries. Through this project we hope all children will be enthusiastic about science and expect progress and attainment in science to improve for all and for children eligible for the pupil premium grant in particular. We are pleased to be working with our local Science Learning Partnership, Ellis Guilford Secondary School and Basford Hall College as well as other partners like STEM Ambassadors along the way.
Just a few examples of the wide range of work that is returned and shared with the whole school. We really appreciate the time and effort children and their families give to these projects. Work is displayed in the school entrance.
The schools in the Primary 6 Partnership (P6P) were only one of 15 groups of schools to be granted funding to work as an Enthuse Partnership from 2017-2019. The funding is provided by STEM learning working with the Department of Education. STEM covers science, technology, engineering and maths subject areas.